The Premier League is the top tier when it comes to English football. 20 teams play 38 games home and away, with the bottom three clubs relegated and the top four qualifying to the Champions League. In terms of betting, the options are endless. Any Premier League match will have well over 200 live markets with a hotbed of football betting action.
Did you know: As of 2020, Manchester United have won the most Premier League titles of any team.
The EFL Championship is the second tier of English football. The league sees 24 teams play 46 games home and away, with the top two clubs promoted to the Premier League. The teams that finish third to sixth during the regular campaign compete in the Play-Offs for the last remaining spot. For betting, the Championship can be much more unpredictable than the Premier League. The teams at this level are more evenly matched with higher placed teams known to lose against teams at the bottom.
Did you know: Norwich City have been relegated five times from the Premier League to the Championship – the most of any team.
Spain’s La Liga, also known as the Primera División, is composed of 20 teams and 38 matches. The top four winning teams qualify for the Champions League, and the bottom three go down to La Liga Segunda. Two teams dominate La Liga: Real Madrid and Barcelona. The rivalry between these two teams has been fierce over the years, though there are some strong underdog contenders to consider. Atlético Madrid as well as the likes of Valencia, Sevilla and Villarreal are all ones to watch.
Did you know: As of 2020, Real Madrid have won 34 La Liga titles – the most of any Spanish team.
Italian football has Serie A at the top of its pyramid. The Serie A format is similar to the Premier League with 20 teams competing and the top four earning Champions League places. The bottom three suffer relegation to Serie B. Serie A is often considered a very tactical league with some critics noting it to be slower paced and with a slightly more cautious playing style.
Did you know: As of 2020, Juventus have won 36 Serie A titles – the most of any Italian team.
Germany’s top football league, the Bundesliga features 18 teams that play 34 matches. Just like the Premier League, a top four finish wins a place in the Champions League. When it comes to betting, Bayern Munich have won a staggering amount of titles – it’s not uncommon to see punters place league winner bets way ahead of the season. Another popular market is handicap betting which gives a head start to a weaker team when up against stronger opposition.
Did you know: Nuremberg hold the title for most promotions to the Bundesliga, as well as the most relegations.
Ligue 1 is the top division in French football. The season runs from August to May and sees 20 teams play each other twice, once home and once away. The top three teams then progress to the UEFA Champions League. In recent seasons, Ligue 1 has gained a lot of momentum and huge betting interest. In 2020 alone, Paris Saint-Germain made it to the Champions League final against Bayern Munich. Other teams to keep an eye on include Olympique Lyonnais, Olympique de Marseille and Monaco.
Did you know: Olympique Lyonnais holds the record for most consecutive titles in Ligue 1 (seven titles between 2002 and 2008).
UEFA Champions League
Betting on football doesn’t get much bigger than the Champions League. The format is simple: qualifiers, group stages, knockouts and the final. There are eight pools of four for the group stage with the top two advancing after playing every team, home and away. Just 16 teams are taken forward into the knockout phase. From there, clubs are eliminated until just two are left to battle it out to be crowned European Champions.
Did you know: Real Madrid won the first five editions of the tournament from 1955/56 to 1959/60, when it was known as the European Cup
UEFA Europa League
The Europa League is UEFA’s second tier competition to the Champions league. Over 100 clubs from all over Europe compete starting with a series of qualifying rounds, before being whittled down to 48 for the group stage. Eight clubs from the Champions League then drop into this competition for the knockout phase, where the 32 remaining teams battle it out to reach the final. The winner is guaranteed a place in the following season’s Champions League.
Did you know: The record for most goals in a single UEFA Europa League is 17 held by Radamel Falcao (Porto) 2010/11.